Falardeau, Bruckler Move Up To Hartford,
Worrell Assigned To Checkers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Checkers announced that center Lee Falardeau has been recalled to Hartford of the American Hockey League and that rookie goaltender Bernd Bruckler has signed a professional tryout agreement with Hartford. The Checkers also announced that veteran left wing Peter Worrell has been reassigned from Hartford to Charlotte.

The Checkers are the ECHL affiliate of the Wolf Pack of the AHL and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

Selected in the second round (33rd overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Falardeau is tied for the team lead with a plus-minus rating of +4 and has four points (2g-2a) in six games.

Selected in the fifth round (150th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Bruckler is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.93 and a save percentage of .870 in three games with Charlotte and 0-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.08 and a save percentage of .897 in one game with Hartford.

Worrell has been on the Wolf Pack roster since the start of the season but has not played in a game with Hartford. The eighth-year pro did not play in 2004-05 after having four points (3g-1a) and 179 penalty minutes in 49 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003-04.

Team Press Release